Corey O’Keeffe netted his first Barnsley goal late on to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to lowly Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

There were two goals in the first seven minutes as Fleetwood took the lead but Devante Cole levelled with a rebound after his penalty was saved.

The visitors re-took the lead with a superb free-kick then substitute O’Keeffe levelled in the 88th minute.

Barnsley created the better chances throughout and the visitors netted from their only shots on target, while the hosts scored their first equalisers at Oakwell.

The Reds dropped down two places from third to fifth in the League One table but are still just two points off the top two.

Neill Collins made one change from the 3-0 home win over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday. Adam Phillips came in for the suspended Callum Styles in midfield. Fabio Jalo was on the bench, after the 17-year-old excelled for the development teams last week, but Sam Cosgrove was not in the squad after his suspension finished.

The visitors took the lead in the third minute when Jamie McCart lost a header then did not compete for the second and Jack Marriott was free to run forward and try a pass which was deflected into the path of Junior Quitirna who beat Ben Killip one-on-one.

The lead lasted just four minutes as Barnsley won their second penalty in four days after a 591-day wait for a home league spot-kick. After Nicky Cadden’s cross was half-blocked, Cole was tripped in the box by goalkeeper Jay Lynch who saved the ex-Fleetwood striker’s penalty but Cole fired in the rebound. It was a first league equaliser at Oakwell the Reds had scored since Carlton Morris netted against Huddersfield in December 2021.

John McAtee then dragged a couple of shots wide from the edge of the box and Cole was just beaten to the ball by the goalkeeper when through. Barry Cotter latched onto a fine pass by Herbie Kane, skipped past a defender but scuffed a shot wide from 15 yards with his weaker left foot. McAtee then headed a Kane free-kick wide.

But Fleetwood re-took the lead against the run of play with a fantastic free-kick by Quitirna who found the top left corner from 25 yards. Cole lost the ball near the halfway line then Jordan Williams had to commit a foul to stop the counter-attack.

Kane collected a fifth booking of the season which will see him banned for the next league game but he also rattled the crossbar with a fine curling effort from the edge of the box on 44 minutes.

Cadden’s corner in first half injury-time was then flicked on by Cole and Mael de Gevigney looked set to score but the ball was hooked off the goalline. There was still time for another long-range Kane shot to be beaten away by the goalkeeper.

The Reds had had the better chances in the first half but went into the break trailing.

Fleetwood thought they should have had a penalty seconds into the second half when Marriott went down in the box after tackle by Williams. It looked a strong claim but the referee did not point to the spot to the visitors’ fury.

Cadden’s free-kick was beaten away by the goalkeeper before a pinball in the box which eventually saw Jon Russell turn wide, amid shouts of handball by a defender. De Gevigney then horribly sliced over a 12-yard shot after a corner was half-cleared.

Phillips was put through by a Kane pass but took a poor touch and a defender cleared.

The game seemed to be drifted away from the hosts but Kane’s excellent pass picked out substitute O’Keeffe to head in his first goal for the club.

There were ten added minutes in which Fleetwood’s Scott Robertson shot just wide from 25 yards then Cole hooked a tough chance over from a left-wing cross. Kane’s long-range shot was easily saved in the 99th minute.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Killip; Williams, de Gevigney, McCart; Cotter (O’Keeffe 63mins), Phillips (Benson 69), Russell (Watters 69), Kane, Cadden (Dodgson 81); Cole, McAtee (Jalo 81).

Unused: Flavell, Shepherd, Dodgson, Jalo.

Yellow cards: Williams, Kane.

Goals: Cole 7 (pen), O’Keeffe 88.

Fleetwood (4-5-1): Lynch; Rooney (Robertson 79mins), Lawal, Heneghan, Earl, Quitirna (Mayor 51), Wiredu (Montgomery 63), Broom, Unused, Omochere (Tshimanga 63); Marriott (Stockley 63).

Unused: McMullan, Patterson.

Yellow cards: Broom, Marriott.

Goals: Quitirna 3, 34.

  • 1:50pm
    Good evening and welcome to the Chronicle’s live text coverage of Barnsley’s home game with Fleetwood Town from 3pm.
  • 1:55pm
    Team news is due at 2pm. Callum Styles will miss the match through suspension but Sam Cosgrove can return from suspension.
  • 2:01pm
    Barnsley (3-5-2): Killip; Williams, de Gevigney, McCart; Cotter, Phillips, Russell, Kane, Cadden; Cole, McAtee. Subs: Flavell, Shepherd, O’Keeffe, Dodgson, Benson, Watters, Jalo.
  • 2:01pm
    Adam Phillips comes in for the suspended Callum Styles. Fabio Jalo is on the bench, after the 17-year-old excelled for the development teams last week, but Sam Cosgrove is not in the squad after suspension. Will ask about Cosgrove afterwards of course.
  • 2:04pm
    Fleetwood: Lynch; Rooney, Lawal, Heneghan, Earl, Quitirna, Wiredu, Broom, Vela, Omochere; Marriott. Subs: McMullan, Montgomery, Robertson, Tshimanga, Stockley, Mayor, Patterson.
  • 2:06pm
    The Reds are third in League One, with 26 points from 14 games, two behind the two automatic promotion places, six off top and three clear in the top six.
  • 2:10pm
    They had lost four out of their last five home league games before their 3-0 success over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday.
  • 2:10pm
    Head coach Neill Collins told the Chronicle: “It’s great to have back to back home games in a week. Everyone will have enjoyed Tuesday. The players enjoyed it and the fans should have enjoyed watching. It’s a great opportunity to play here again and we want to take it. But there will be a team here trying to disrupt that.”
  • 2:15pm
    Fleetwood are 22nd in League One, with 11 points from 13 games – leaving them three adrift in the relegation zone.
  • 2:19pm
    After drawing the opening game of the season, they then lost the next six which saw manager Scott Brown sacked and replaced by former Reds head coach Johnson who has collected ten points from the last six matches.
  • 2:19pm
    This week they lost 1-0 at home to Lincoln City on Saturday then won 2-1 in a basement battle at fellow strugglers Reading on Tuesday, netting a 92nd-minute winner.
  • 2:20pm
    They have taken seven points from the last nine available in away league games, winning the last two at bottom two Cheltenham Town and Reading.
  • 2:21pm
    Collins said: “Since Lee has been in charge they have won important games. They play attractive football with good attacking players, trying to build-up from the back.
  • 2:26pm
    “They have a big squad and have made a lot of changes from game to game so we will see what they do on Saturday. We won’t take them for granted.
  • 2:26pm
    “They have players who can hurt us but we need to handle that and we have players who can hurt them.”
  • 2:29pm
    Johnson was Barnsley head coach for a year between February 2015 and February 2016, taking charge of 51 games with 20 wins, 13 draws and 18 losses.
  • 2:34pm
    He guided them to a mid-table finish in League One in his first campaign then took them to last place in December 2015 before beginning the winning run that would lead to their promotion under his replacement Paul Heckingbottom.
  • 2:38pm
    His final game was a penalty shoot-out win at Fleetwood in the second leg of the EFL Trophy Northern Area final which earned the Reds the first of two trips to Wembley that season, the other being the play-off final – with wins in both.
  • 2:38pm
    His final game was a penalty shoot-out win at Fleetwood in the second leg of the EFL Trophy Northern Area final which earned the Reds the first of two trips to Wembley that season, the other being the play-off final – with wins in both.
  • 2:38pm
    The following day, he completed a move to Bristol City where he spent four years before being sacked. He then had spells at Sunderland, Hibernian and now Fleetwood.
  • 2:39pm
    Johnson has faced Barnsley eight times as a manager, losing one and winning one with Oldham Athletic before joining the Reds then going unbeaten in six meetings as Bristol City boss – with three wins at Ashton Gate and three 2-2 draws at Oakwell, where he has never won as a visiting coach.
  • 2:41pm
    Collins said: “He’s a very very experienced manager for someone still quite young. I remember Lee best for the fact that he played for Kilmarnock when they beat Celtic in the League Cup final. I need to thank him for that, being a big Kilmarnock fan.
  • 2:44pm
    “He managed here, he knows what to expect and he will prepare his team for that. That definitely makes the game slightly tougher.”
  • 2:45pm
    Barnsley will be looking for a seventh successive win over the Cod Army. After the trophy shoot-out success at Highbury, they returned there two months later to win in the league then did the double over them in the 2018/19 campaign and last season.
  • 2:49pm
    Jack Aitchison headed in a 90th-minute winner in the October away fixture then, in the final game of 2022, Robbie Cundy headed home an 86th-minute goal for a 2-1 home victory.
  • 2:55pm
    They have met ten times, since the first game in 2014, with Barnsley losing two and drawing two of the first four.
  • 2:56pm
    Fleetwood won 2-1 at Oakwell in February 2015, the result which cost Danny Wilson his job, then returned in October of that year to win 1-0 over Johnson’s side who were partway through an eight-game losing run in league fixtures.
  • 2:56pm
    Barnsley striker Devante Cole played 94 games for Fleetwood between 2016 and 2018, scoring 22 goals.
  • 3:02pm
  • 3:05pm
    Junior Quitirna opens the scoring in the third minute
  • 3:06pm
    McCart can't win the initial header then looks hesitant contesting the second. Fleetwood are in and a deflected pass puts Quitirna clean through to net from close range
  • 3:07pm
    The. 1st goal conceded in open play for six games. Would be good day to get a first comeback win in nearly 2 years
  • 3:08pm
    Penalty to Barnsley
  • 3:09pm
    Devante Cole sees his penalty saved but tucks in the rebound
  • 3:11pm
    That is the first equaliser Barnsley have scored in the league at Oakwell in either 2022 or 2023. Last one was Carlton Morris v Huddersfield in December 2021
  • 3:11pm
    A frantic start to this match
  • 3:11pm
    Cole won the penalty for a foul by the goalkeeper after Cadden's cross was half blocked
  • 3:14pm
    That is Devante Cole's 11th goal in 15 league games. Superb.
  • 3:15pm
    Danger of the penalty incident happening again as Cole goes through but the goalkeeper Lynch gathers cleanly this time just ahead of the striker
  • 3:17pm
    The game has settled down a bit after a frantic start
  • 3:18pm
    Ryan Broom shoots from 25 yards and the low effort is deflected just wide
  • 3:19pm
    Fleetwood's corner to the back post is over everyone. and out
  • 3:20pm
    Nice Barnsley move up the lef. wing. Cadden and McAtee both brilliantly beat defenders but the latter's shot from 25 yards is dragged well wide
  • 3:21pm
    Cotter wins a free-kick on the right. Barnsley having a good couple of minutes
  • 3:22pm
    Cadden's free-kick cleared by the first defender
  • 3:23pm
    Barnsley win a corner on the right but it is punched cleared by the goalkeeper
  • 3:27pm
    25 minutes in. A lot has happened so far. Barnsley are just trying to get some more control of the game and put consistent pressure on their lowly visitors.
  • 3:28pm
    Chance for the Reds. Phillips latches onto a long ball and plays in McAtee who drags a shot wide from just inside the box
  • 3:29pm
    Another Reds chance. A fine ball from midfield released Barry Cotter who skipped past a defender but dragged the shot wide from 15 yards. Good chance but on his weaker left foot
  • 3:32pm
    30 Free-kick on the left by Kane, headed by McAtee but it goes well wide
  • 3:33pm
    Barnsley starting to get on top now and create regular chances. There are spaces opening up in the Fleetwood defence
  • 3:34pm
    Jordan Williams booked for bringing down an attacker. He wasn't the last man as de Gevigney was next to him
  • 3:36pm
    Junior Quitirna scores a stunning free-kick
  • 3:37pm
    It's a brilliant strike into the top left corner
  • 3:37pm
    Now Barnsley have to come up with another equaliser
  • 3:40pm
    Herbie Kane booked. He'll be suspended for Derby away (I am told not the FA Cup)
  • 3:43pm
    Not going Barnsley's way at all but plenty of time to pull this back
  • 3:45pm
    Cadden and Cotter both have chances to. cross but they are easily cleared
  • 3:45pm
    So close to 2-2. Kane curls a shot from the edge of the box onto the crossbar.
  • 3:47pm
    McAtee's cross put behind for a. corner. Barnsley wanted a foul on Cotter in build up
  • 3:48pm
    45+1 Cadden corner on the left. Cole flicks it on and de Gevigney almost nets but it's cleared on the line
  • 3:50pm
    Now Kane's 20-yard shot is beaten away by Lynch
  • 3:51pm
    Jack Marriott booked for a foul on McCart
  • 3:51pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 1, Fleetwood 2.
  • 4:07pm
  • 4:09pm
    Jordan Williams gets away with what looks like a foul in the b ox on Jack Marriott seconds in the second half. Fleetwood furious
  • 4:12pm
    Reds got lucky three. Could have been second yellow for Williams too
  • 4:12pm
    Quitirna the two-goal hero now has to go off injured
  • 4:12pm
    Danny Mayor coming on
  • 4:14pm
    A relief for Barnsley as Quitirna has tormented them but Mayor is a very good player at this level who got promotion with Plymouth last season
  • 4:15pm
    Cadden shoots well off target after a Cotter throw is cleared
  • 4:17pm
    Lovely ball by Williams to McAtee who should try to chest it down on the edge of the box but heads towards goal and it is easily cleared as the effort has no power
  • 4:18pm
    Barnsley fans waking up a bit and cheering their team on. A good move leads to a Cotter cross caught by the goalkeeper
  • 4:19pm
    Williams wins a a free-kick on the edge of the box
  • 4:20pm
    57 Cadden's 20-yard free-kick is beaten away by the goalkeeper then it pinballs around. the box and it eventually turned wide by Russell. Shouts of handball in there too.
  • 4:22pm
    Barnsley on top at the moment. The crowd getting louder
  • 4:22pm
    Cadden cross turned behind
  • 4:23pm
    Corner from the left half cleared then de Gevigney horribly slices well. over from about 12 yards
  • 4:24pm
    O'Keeffe coming on for Cotter who has just let the ball roll under his foot and out in a good position
  • 4:26pm
    Fleetwood make a triple change with Adam Montgomery, Kabongo Tshimanga and Jayden Stockley coming. on
  • 4:28pm
    Kane almost puts Phillips through but he takes a poor touch and a defender clears
  • 4:29pm
    Max Watters about to come on
  • 4:30pm
    And Josh Benson
  • 4:31pm
    Phillips and Russell off
  • 4:32pm
    Really good cross by Cadden well turned behind for corner.
  • 4:33pm
    Kane's corner o n the left is cleared
  • 4:35pm
    McCart goes down injured after making a clearance
  • 4:35pm
    Looks like a head injury and he is being taped up
  • 4:36pm
    McCart up now but has to come before being allowed back on
  • 4:37pm
    Two long injury breaks down. There could be 100 minutes played today
  • 4:39pm
    Another injury break as Shaun Rooney goes down
  • 4:41pm
    Fleetwood bring on Scott Robertson for Shaun Rooney
  • 4:41pm
    Looks like Dodgson and Jalo are about to come on
  • 4:43pm
    On the pitch, the Reds are trying to get the ball forward but have lost momentum after all these stoppages
  • 4:43pm
    81 Watters heads a Kane cross well wide. Tough one under pressure
  • 4:44pm
    Jalo and Dodgson for McAtee and Cadden.
  • 4:44pm
    Barnsley now playing 3-4-3 with Cole and Jalo either. side of Watters
  • 4:47pm
    Cole shot blocked behind for corner on the left
  • 4:48pm
    Corner cleared then Reds cannot get it. back in
  • 4:48pm
    Cole meets a cross from the left and his header is clawed out at point blank range by the goalkeeper but the flag is up anyway
  • 4:48pm
    Cole meets a cross from the left and his header is clawed out at point blank range by the goalkeeper but the flag is up anyway
  • 4:50pm
    Corey O'Keeffe heads in a leveller
  • 4:52pm
    What a great goal that is. Kane – who has been a stand out player today – picks out a superb pass over the away defence to O'Keeffe who runs in and heads into the left side of the net for his first Reds goal
  • 4:53pm
    Ten added minutes. Barnsley. could still win this
  • 4:53pm
    Robertson's 25-yard strike goes just wide of the right post for Fleetwood
  • 4:54pm
    Now Cole hooks over a left wing cross
  • 4:58pm
    Six minutes into the added ten. Is there time for a winner?
  • 5:00pm
    90+8 Kane's 25-yard shot is easily saved
  • 5:02pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 2, Fleetwood 2.